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Various bits of information, covering lots of different topics and places which could help with your family history research.

  1. Sticky Thread Sticky: Forces War Records - 4 million WW2 records

    By far the most common problem that people researching their family trees come across is a shortage of accessible records relating to the Second World War. The Public Records Act governs which materials created by the government can be released over what timescales. To begin with the rule was that...

    Started by WhiteFWR‎, 26-01-2018 12:38 PM
    army, navy, raf, world war 2
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  2. Sticky Thread Sticky: Guide to researching your military ancestor

    Forces War Records have put together a unique set of research hints and tips, please take a look via the link, it really is packed with all the information you'll need to help you make new and exciting discoveries about your family. And if you hit a brick wall - don't forget you can always ask out...

    Started by WhiteFWR‎, 05-01-2017 9:57 AM
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  3. Sticky Thread Sticky: Tips for Google Searching

    Many newbies to family history are also fairly new to computers, and don't really know how to get the best out of search engines like Google. Some of these tips might help, and hopefully others can add more: Learn to use Inverted Commas. For example, if you type in John Davies you will get...

    Started by Sue Mackay‎, 28-08-2007 4:40 PM
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  4. Sticky Thread Sticky: Counties, England, Wales and Scotland

    It is often confusing when searching for your ancestors to know the places they came from and the counties to search in. http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/Britain.html has a wonderful map that leads you to information on each of the counties. Click on them (their Chapman Codes) and enjoy exploring...

    Started by Mutley‎, 20-03-2012 12:37 AM
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  5. Sticky Thread Sticky: Who's Who in Methodism 1933 - Index of Lay Officers

    'Who's Who in Methodsism 1933' contains details of ministers and lay office holders who were active a year after the Weslyan, United, Primitive & Irish Methodist Churches united to form The Methodist Church in 1932. It was published by the Methodist Times & Leader (Methodist Publications Ltd). ...

    Started by mary elms‎, 29-09-2005 11:31 PM
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  6. Sticky Thread Sticky: Personalising your Forum

    Did you know that .... if you have favourite forums.... you don't need to view the whole list of forums from the front page. You can have your own personalised list of favourite forums. Go to your favourite forum, and click on the tools menu above it. Then on the drop down list, select to...

    Started by Sue Mackay‎, 15-10-2008 6:58 PM
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  1. 'Your Family History' is saying farewell.

    Your Family History Magazine has been a printed magazine produced in the U.K. for the past 15 years. Sadly, it is no more. According to the magazine’s website HERE “After 15 years at the forefront of genealogy advice, Your Family History is saying farewell. Issue 192 (out in mid-February) will...

    Started by WhiteFWR‎, 19-02-2018 2:09 PM
    advise, genealogy, magazines
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  2. Free access BMD & census records on FMP

    Information courtesy of Peter Calver of Lost Cousins. https://www. lostcousins.com/newsletters2/feb18news.htm Findmypast are offering free access to BMD and census records until Thursday 8 February 2018. In addition FMP are offering free access to 3000 Suffragette records until 8 March...

    Started by Pam Downes‎, 02-02-2018 9:44 PM
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    03-02-2018, 7:00 AM Go to last post
  3. Learn to trace your family history in Swindon

    Swindonians who are interested in tracing their family history can pick up tips and advice at a special workshop next week. Claire Skinner, an archivist from the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, will give a talk and workshop on Tuesday, 30 January at the Central Library in Regent Circus,...

    Started by WhiteFWR‎, 29-01-2018 3:07 PM
    family history, how to, swindon
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  4. Explore the archive week

    With explore your archive week almost here, is it time to look at utilising this wonderful resource more before its too late and falls victim to government cut backs "Use it or Lose it" https:// chiddicksfamilytree.wordpress.com/2017/11/08/use-it-or-lose-it/

    Started by chiddicks‎, 09-11-2017 9:19 PM
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  5. free Records online ends this sunday

    Military records free online for Remembrance Day weekend ENDS SUNDAY From 9am on Wednesday 8th November until midnight (London time) on Sunday 12th November all UK, Ireland, Australia, US and Canada military records are free at Findmypast's UK and US sites. Whilst at this time of the year the...

    Started by Sandyhall‎, 09-11-2017 11:36 AM
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  6. Recording and preserving magazine articles

    I'd be glad of any advice about this please. I have 74 parish magazines from 1946 to the mid-1960s. They contain articles written by my uncle. I want to donate the magazines and just keep physical copies of what he wrote. What is the best way of doing this? Photographing the A5 text? Scanning...

    Started by Reinga‎, 30-10-2017 8:21 AM
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  7. Recording and preserving magazine articles

    I'd be glad of any advice about this please. I have 74 parish magazines from 1946 to the mid-1960s. They contain articles written by my uncle. I want to donate the magazines and just keep physical copies of what he wrote. What is the best way of doing this? Photographing the text? Scanning...

    Started by Reinga‎, 30-10-2017 8:19 AM
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  8. The Genealogist - a friendly warning

    Re. The Genealogist subscription I recently took out a three month Gold subscription as on the page listing the various types of subscription and what they cover, it specifically lists that it covers Parish Records and Military Records . At this point if you click on to subscribe you are taken...

    Started by BarbaraK‎, 20-10-2017 1:23 PM
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  9. Talking FREE ACCESS to Ancestry UK & Ireland records

    Access to the records in the featured collections will be free from 00:01 BST on 25 August 2017 to 23:59 BST on 28 August 2017. Happy Hunting, Malcolm.

    Started by macwil‎, 21-08-2017 8:38 AM
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  10. If you have trees on Ancestry & cancel sub

    There's often a debate/query about what happens to any trees you've put on Ancestry but then cancel your subscription, and whether you can still access your tree(s). I've just found this, dated March 2017, though there's nothing to stop the company changing their minds and the 'rules' in the...

    Started by Pam Downes‎, 03-08-2017 9:11 PM
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    04-08-2017, 11:28 AM Go to last post
  11. WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE - To return to BBC

    The 14th series of Who Do You Think You Are? will feature top celebs from the worlds of film, TV, sport, music and dance, it has been revealed. The beloved family history programme, produced by Wall to Wall, will return to BBC1 on Thursday 6 July at 9pm and air in two five-episode blocks. The...

    Started by WhiteFWR‎, 26-06-2017 12:07 PM
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  12. Findmypast - partially free 22 -26 June 2017

    FMP are offering free access to what I would think are the majority of their British and Irish records from 22 to 26 June. Definitely NOT included are the 1939 Register and the newspapers. (But as always, you can do a free search of those records, and then purchase pay-as-you-go credits or a...

    Started by Pam Downes‎, 22-06-2017 3:49 PM
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  13. Who Do You Think You Are? Live event to cease

    Sad news. We are sorry to learn from Immediate Media that the long standing show Who Do You Think You Are? Live at the NEC Birmingham will no longer take place. NOTE: This has nothing to do with the Who Do You Think You Are? television programs that appear to be very successful in a number of...

    Started by WhiteFWR‎, 04-05-2017 12:59 PM
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    04-05-2017, 4:23 PM Go to last post
  14. 5 days of FREE tutorials..starts Sunday 19th

    Forces War Records will be giving you five FREE tutorials because we know it can be a daunting task to get started with genealogy research, or even to understand what's on a record. SEE: http://bit.ly/2kiQif7 That's why we're giving you 5 essential guides from Sunday 19th Feb onwards, each one...

    Started by WhiteFWR‎, 15-02-2017 10:13 AM
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  15. PCC Wills Index On Ancestry

    I just realised that Ancestry doesn't have all the wills up on the site. I was searching through Worcestershire wills trying to shake loose a brick or two in my walls, when I just couldn't find a few in the latter half of 1629. So, I decided to search through the relevant records looking for...

    Started by t@nya‎, 29-12-2016 12:22 AM
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  16. Quarter Session Records & Petitions

    Whilst searching for criminal records I have realised that these records hold a wealth of information that is useful for general family history. For instance they can hold the coroner's accounting records for the various inquests that he has held, and that might list the name of the deceased,...

    Started by Megan Roberts‎, 06-11-2016 9:48 AM
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    28-12-2016, 9:37 PM Go to last post
  17. School Records

    Whilst writing up my grandfather's story I noticed that whoever had kept the "National School Admission Registers & Log-books" for Pembrokeshire had noted against some of the boys what had happened to them in the Great War - such as killed at Gallipoli, or prisoner of war since the battle of Gaza;...

    Started by Megan Roberts‎, 03-12-2016 9:51 AM
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  18. Pre-Christmas gift from Forces War Records

    Your pre-Christmas gift from Forces War Records - Original 1914 Princess Mary’s box with gift cards inside. The Princess Mary Christmas gift box was given to all members of the armed forces on Christmas day 1914. These small boxes, made from silver for Officers and brass for all others,...

    Started by WhiteFWR‎, 01-12-2016 9:43 AM
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  19. Find that Memorial Inscription

    I have started a personal website in order to collect details about UK churchyard Memorial Inscription surveys. (I think this could take some time! If it has been done already please stop me now!) Although I am listing online examples I am particularly interested in surveys which have not been...

    Started by Clarinetguy‎, 22-10-2016 8:44 PM
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  20. Gibraltar censuses online

    For anyone researching relatives in Gibraltar between 1704 and 1914, I've just discovered that the Gibraltar National Archives has the Gibraltar censuses for the following years online, searchable by surname: 1704, 1756, 1777, 1791, 1777, 1791, 1814, 1816, 1817, 1834, 1868, 1871, 1878, 1881, 1891,...

    Started by vffel2‎, 23-10-2016 5:47 PM
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    23-10-2016, 6:27 PM Go to last post

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